Director of the Visiting Scholars Programme
Anna Korhonen
Head of International Affairs
tel. +358-(0)50-563 63 07

Coordinator of the Visiting Scholars Programme
Minna Hakkarainen
Planning Officer
tel. +358-(0)50-415 05 71

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Visiting Scholars Programme

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of one to three months, supported with a monthly grant, which in the academic year 2015–2016 is 3000 €. Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research and interact with other researchers at the Aleksanteri Institute and with the wider academic community at the University of Helsinki and in Finland. Each Visiting Fellow has two academic hosts working on a related theme and helping to establish contacts with the research community in Finland.

While the Aleksanteri Institute is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki, it also has a national function, acting as the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies. Therefore, Visiting Fellows may also accept invitations for short visits to Finnish universities other than the University of Helsinki. The Aleksanteri Institute is coordinating the Finnish Centre of Excellence “Choices of Russian Modernisation”, funded by the Academy of Finland for the period of 2012-2017. The CoE is run together with the University of Tampere.  

Starting from the academic year 2008-2009, the Visiting Scholars Programme has hosted around hundred Visiting Fellows working on various fields and themes within social sciences and humanities, and representing 26 countries from Europe through North America to China. Read more about the Visiting Fellows Alumni.

Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows 2015–2016

Here you can find information on the Visiting Fellows joining the Aleksanteri Institute during 2015-2016.  Altogether 177 applications were sent for the fellowships and thus the number of excellent proposals far exceeded our hosting capacity. 14 Visiting Fellows are invited to the Institute for periods of one to three months. While the selection of proposals was based on academic excellence, it also strove to take into account a balance between the nominated Visiting Fellows’ projects and the various research foci and regions covered by the Aleksanteri Institute.

  • Cox Terry, University of Glasgow
  • Denisova-Schmidt Elena, University of St .Gallen
  • Dimitrov Martin, Tulane University
  • Ghodsee Kristen, Bowdoin College
  • Leichtova Magdalena, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
  • March Luke, University of Edinburgh
  • Navumau Vasil, Belarus
  • Obradovic-Wochnik Jelena, Aston University
  • Pinsky Anatoly, the European University at Saint Petersburg
  • Plets Gertjan, Stanford University
  • Reeves Madeleine, University of Manchester
  • Sokhibov Akmal, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Steila Daniela, University of Turin
  • Tarasenko Anna, National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg)

For more information on the Visiting Fellows 2015 - 2016.

We wish to sincerely thank all those who were interested in coming to the Aleksanteri Institute.

The call for visiting fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017 will open in January 2016.

Visiting Fellows Christine Engel, Roman Krakovsky, Yuliya Zabyelina, Luca Anceschi, Aziz Burkhanov, Sergey Glebov and Nodirbek Salaev, spring 2015. (Photo: Niina Into)

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